C.J. Sanders

MA, LMFT Intern

C.J. Sanders

MA, LMFT Intern

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Dr. James Soliday, LMFT
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
Billing and Insurance:
Fees: Free 20 minute phone consultation.
My standard fee is $90 per 50-minute hour. I do offer a sliding scale down to $60 per 50-minute hour based on need and availability.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Portland, Oregon 97239

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My Approach to Helping

Therapy is about opening yourself up to new possibilities: unlocking new ways of being, thinking, and experiencing yourself in the world that will lead to greater satisfaction and fulfillment in your life. I practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy which means that I believe knowing oneself deeply will create lasting change. My expertise is in helping people process difficult experiences and emotions, change habitual, negative cycles, and strengthen relationships. In individual therapy I treat a broad range of human struggles. With a warm and intuitive stance I seek to help you live at ease with yourself and the world--creatively, passionately and with vim and vigor!
When working with couples I also utilize attachment theory and EFT. I believe our primary relationships impact us on a deep and lasting level and therefore the health of these relationships is vital to our well-being. Are there old wounds, bad habits, or a general feeling of discontent getting in the way of your relationship? Together we can address how to de-escalate conflict, identify your particular negative communication cycle, and then increase nurturing, bonding, and intimacy. In a collaborative process we will identify what needs to be strengthened and nurtured between the two of you and eliminate the blocks that are keeping you from having the relationship you desire.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adult Individuals, Couples, Families, LGBTQ, Clergy, Persons of Faith

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
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